she’s backpacking europe!

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(janet hill. trouble arrives)

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i think they started loosely planning their post-grad adventure to europe sometime perhaps during their sophomore year of high school. savannah mentioned to me several months ago, “you know we’re serious about this don’t you mom?”.

so she has diligently saved her pennies ( her dream trip is financed by her hard work over the past few summers) , her airfare is purchased & she and her lifelong best friend bailey are jetting off to backpack through europe for 5 weeks!!

savannah & bailey will be in London, Dublin, Edinburgh. then off to Paris, Nice, all through Italy (cinque terra, Florence, Rome, Venice, Tuscany) then all through Germany (Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin) and probably Switzerland and Prague. if any of you guys are live abroad and would love to house a couple of adorable, very well-mannered grads they would be so appreciative.(wink)  or if you have any wonderful traveling or “must do” tips for them, that would be fantastic!!

dan has traveled europe extensively & lived in russia while serving with crusade. i think savannah got her wanderlust spirit from her daddy gregg who loved to travel as well.

the last several weeks i’ve pondered the blessings that have come her way and i would be remiss if i didn’t share the following. she was only 3 1/2 when gregg died. i spent many a day wondering what life would be like for her and her sisters to grow up without a dad. (obviously having no idea i’d marry a few years later). i wondered if his spirit would be alive in their hearts as they began school as kindergarteners. i could barely even dream about their future including college and boys. etc.

as they’ve grown up i’ve been blessed to see gregg in each of them. differently of course. but i see him. i want to share a little more about this in the next few weeks. but if you are a young single mama who can barely dream about the future of young children, you just keep on pouring into them and loving them and championing them every day. just like you already are!!  i’m telling you, i think there lies within them a special drive and dare i say, a special dose of determination. and it’s incredible to watch them grow and develop into amazing young people who will far surpass any dream you dared to dream.

& then perhaps one day they’ll save their pennies up & board a plane with their “person”, cross over the ocean & live the dreams they dared to dream.

and it’ll be an awesome moment friend. it’ll be a very awesome moment indeed.

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May 20, 2015 - 10:08 am

Veronica Guajardo - My daughter is going to Europe in the Fall, I am so excited for her,she also did it all on her own. She will be going to Paris, Barcelona and London. We are so proud of her as I am sure you know the feeling, watching these girls yours, mine and beautiful young women from every walk of life, grow and make dreams become reality is a blessing. I have shared your blog with my daughter many times and I just want to thank you what you share is beautiful. I hope you can share a little peek into their experience with us. I wish them safe travels!!!

May 20, 2015 - 10:22 am

Chrissi - many of us dream and scheme about such an adventure when we are young. few of us have the determination to see it through. happy travels sweet girls. enjoy the adventure❤️

May 20, 2015 - 10:30 am

Gina - Wow!! How fabulous!! I do hope you’ll share so I can live vicariously through her. 😉 Prayers for God’s protection on their trip of a lifetime!! 😀

May 20, 2015 - 12:49 pm

Allison - My husband and I traveled to England and Scotland last year for 2 weeks. My suggestions are to use Air B&B to rent apartments or flats in the cities you are visiting. Much cheaper than hotels and some include a washer and dryer. Also if traveling for several days between England and Scotland, but a rail pass.

May 20, 2015 - 3:43 pm

Amanda - Amazing! Good for her for making it happen!!!

May 20, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Jenny Cornfield - Hello! I read your blog all the way from Edinburgh! It is THE most beautiful city. If the girls would like to stay here (if dates work etc!) they would be most welcome. I can tell you more about us via email. It sounds as though they are going to have a trip of a lifetime. So exciting! Jenny x

May 20, 2015 - 4:45 pm

Cécile Sauvage - Hello, I’m French and I’ve been following your posts for a while, so it’s like I’d know you and your family. If Savannah and her friend would like to stay here, in Provence (South of France) and if dates work, they would be very welcome ! Contact me via email. Cécile

May 20, 2015 - 4:51 pm

Heidi Ferguson - oH, how very special! I know they will build memories to last forever! These pictures convey what a beautiful friendship they have. Such a blessing!

May 20, 2015 - 6:08 pm

Brantlee - This is great Paige! So many memories will be made. Can’t wait to follow along this adventure.

May 20, 2015 - 9:33 pm

Karen Choat - My cousin’s son and his wife are about halfway through a year long backpacking trip. They spent a few months in the Middle East and are now in Europe. She writes a travel blog and has written about how to handle different things and budget and such. You can follow her on Facebook. It is called Foreign Loren. Hope you can check it out and see if there are any suggestions that might come in handy.

May 21, 2015 - 10:51 am

Julie C. - Yay for them! I have visited Ireland, and started at Dublin then drove to the west coast to the south coast and back up to Dublin. I will say that I wasn’t too impressed with Dublin. It felt like just another city in America. Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Guinness Brewery were fun. However, I highly recommend them renting a car (if they can), and drive to Galway and see the Cliffs of Moher, and then head to Killarney to view the National Park. Dingle, Kinsale, Baltimore and Wicklow were super cute towns too. And, they MUST stay in a B&B! They are all over Ireland and are adorable 🙂

May 22, 2015 - 1:34 am

Lisa - If your travelers aren’t already familiar with Rick Steves travel guide books, I would highly suggest they check them out. We have never been steered wrong with his information. What a great experience for them! I wish them Bon Voyage!

May 23, 2015 - 5:40 pm

Suzie - Sounds like fun!! When are the girls travelling? We live in Manchester England although I will be in our holiday home near Avranches in France (near Mont St Michel…one of biggest and best abbeys in France) from June til End of August. They are welcome to come to us!!https://www.facebook.com/groups/868792873200021/permalink/886070421472266/

May 27, 2015 - 9:30 pm

erica - So fun! love the pictures of them, can you share where her white/pink dress is from?

May 29, 2015 - 2:40 pm

bethanie - My girls took a trip from Germany to London over Christmas. I missed them so stinkin much (One had been living in Germany as a nanny)but they had the time of their lives!! I just lived vicariously thru their pictures. I know Savannah will have an amazing time. Oh, to be young and carefree again.